Shoutarou Ishinomori

石ノ森章太郎 , 石森章太郎, Shoutarou Onodera (小野寺章太郎), Shotaro Ishinomori, Shotaro Onodera
Birth:Jan 25, 1938
Death:Jan 28, 1998
Years active:1954-1998
Hometown:Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Shotaro Ishinomori was an influential figure in manga anime and tokusatsu who created several immensely popular longrunning series such as Cyborg 009 what would go on to become the Super Sentai series and the Kamen Rider Series. He was twice awarded by the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1968 for Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae and in 1988 for Hotel and Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon. He was born and named Shotaro Onodera in Tome Miyagi and was also known as Shotaro Ishimori before 1986 when he changed his family name to Ishinomori with . Cyborg 009 created in 1963 became the first superpowered hero team created in Japan. That same year Kazumasa Hirai and Jiro Kuwata created Japans first cyborg superhero 8 Man which predated Kamen Rider by eight years. The success of the tokusatsu superhero TV series Kamen Rider produced by Toei Company Ltd. in 1971 led to the birth of the Transforming henshin superhero humansized superheroes who transform by doing a pose and use martial arts to fight henchmen and the weekly monster and resulted in many sequel shows to this day. Ishinomori then created many similar superhero dramas which were once again all produced by Toei or in Sarutobi Ecchans case Toei Animation including Android Kikaider Henshin Ninja Arashi Inazuman Robotto Keiji Secret Task Force Goranger the first Super Sentai series Kaiketsu Zubat Akumaizer 3 Sarutobi Ecchan the Toei Fushigi Comedy Series and countless others. He even created popular childrens shows such as Hoshi no Ko Chobin Chobin Child of the Stars 1974 a coproduction with Studio Zero which was a major success on Italian television and Ganbare Robokon. Ishinomoris art is quite reminiscent of that of his mentor Osamu Tezuka. The true story of his first meeting with Tezuka was illustrated in a short fourpage tale drawn up as supplementary material for the 1970s Astro Boy manga reprints. Around 1955 Ishinomori submitted work to a contest seeking new talent in the magazine Manga Shonen. Tezuka was impressed by his drawings and asked Ishinomori to help him with Astro Boy. In the American release this story can be seen in Volume 15 along with Ishinomoris earliest work on the Electro story arc. Ishinomori also illustrated a comic adaptation of the Super NES video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past which was produced for the American publication Nintendo Power. The comic consisted of 12 chapters which were serialized from January 1992 Volume 32 to December 1992 Volume 43. The comic was republished as a graphic novel collection in 1993. Ishinomori died of heart failure on January 28 1998 just 3 days after his 60th birthday. His final work was the tokusatsu superhero TV series Voicelugger televised a year later. Two years later the Kamen Rider Series would be revived with Kamen Rider Kuuga. All of the series made in the Heisei period credit Ishinomori as the creator. The Ishinomori Manga Museum named in his honor opened in Ishinomaki Miyagi in 2001.2 Special trains in the Senseki Line were commissioned featuring his artwork generally leading to the museum. His work posthumously awarded him the Guinness World Record for most comics published by one author totaling over 128000 pages. Source: Wikipedia